Finding A Job

  • New Employment Concern: Jobs are being created, but few skilled candidates are available to fill them

    Barry Lenson

    New Employment Concern: Jobs are being created, but few skilled candidates are available to fill them  “'Skills gap' leaves firms without worker pipeline,” a recent Associated Press article by Erika Niedowski, points out a perplexing problem that is affecting employers. They are hiring – but cannot find workers who are trained to take on the jobs they need filled. As an example, Niedowski cites a chemical laboratory in Rhode Island that would like to hire 15 to 20 new employees in the next year. And despite the fact that the unemployment rate in the State is a whopping 11 percent, the company simply cannot find enough candidates with appropriate education to take on the jobs. According to Niedowski, The Georgetown Center on Ed ...

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  • 3 Reasons to Take Online College Courses after You Graduate College

    Barry Lenson

    Three Reasons to Take Online College Courses after You Graduate College Congratulations to the college graduating class of 2011! You’ve worked hard to earn the right to put on those caps and gowns and claim your diplomas. Now that you are done with college, you might think that you can stop thinking about courses and classes for now. That could be the case – if your college really equipped you with all the skills and knowledge that you need to land that important first job after graduation. But if you start looking for a job and find that employers are asking for credentials, skills or knowledge that you didn’t gain in college, online courses could be the answer to those problems. Here are some ways to use online courses to ...

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  • College Advice for the High School Class of 2011

    Barry Lenson

    College Advice for the High School Class of 2011 When graduating high school students were putting on their caps and gowns back in June 2010, many of them were worried. With the economy in such bad shape, students and their parents were questioning the value of going to college at all. What was the point, when no jobs were waiting in the real world? One year later, high school graduates and their parents feel more positive about going to college. The costs of going to college have certainly not gone down, but the chances of finding a job after college are improving as the economy picks up steam. In certain areas of employment like engineering and the medical support professions, the chances of finding a job are actually very good for re ...

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  • Problems Finding a Job? Some Special Advice for the Class of 2009

    Barry Lenson

    Problems Finding a Job? Some Special Advice for the Class of 2009 There seems to be some good news for people who graduated college in 2010. A number of sources say that the job outlook is improving for them. But the outlook is not so rosy for members of the class of 2009. In “Educated, Unemployed and Frustrated," New York Times reporter Matthew C. Klein writes, “My generation was taught that all we needed to succeed was an education and hard work. Tell that to my friend from high school who studied Chinese and international relations at a top-tier college. He had the misfortune to graduate in the class of 2009, and could find paid work only as a lifeguard and a personal trainer.  Unpaid internships at research institutes led to n ...

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